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Facts about air filters

June 1, 2017
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Cabin Air Filters (Pollen Filters). Most late model European vehicles come standard with a cabin air filter. The purpose of these filters is to filter allergens, irritants and airborne particles. These can include bacteria, pollution, dust, odors and spores. The main benefit of these filters is passenger comfort, although failure to replace at the required 15,000 mile interval could impact the efficiency of the air conditioning and heating system.

In addition no filter, clogged or missing filters may cause the premature corrosion of the A/C evaporator. Other symptoms that your filter may need to be replaced is the potential excess hazing of the windows. These filters are available and we recommend replacement every 15,000 miles. In heading into the summer season there are more of these particles in the air and keeping your A/C system in peak performance may require the replacement of these filters.

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What should I know about my tires?

June 1, 2017
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Don't fall into the TRAP of poor tire maintenance. T - Tread... Visually check your tread for uneven wear. Check for signs of damage. Your tires MUST be replaced when the tread is worn to 1/16 of an inch. A good way to check the tread is by inserting a penny into the groove. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, its time for new tires. R - Rotate... You should rotate your tires every 6000 - 8000 miles. This is the best way to insure even wear, and to get the maximum mileage from your tire investment. A - Alignment...Have your alignment checked regularly. Also check the balance of your tires. If your alignment and tire balance are off, you will experience irregular wear and the result will be premature replacement. P - Pressure... The proper air pressure for your vehicle is always specified in your owner's manual or sill panel. Under inflation is the biggest cause of tire failure.

Always check your tire pressure between Summer and Fall, because a 10 degree drop in temperature corresponds to a 1 or 2 pound drop in tire pressure.

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What Does SYSTEM LEAN Mean For Your Car

June 1, 2017
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What The Heck Is SYSTEM LEAN? No one likes when the check engine comes on in their car. One of the more common issues with check engine lights is a system lean fault P0171 is the most common fault code. This fault can be tricky to diagnose if you do not understand what system lean really means. This can be too much air, or not enough fuel at the engine. System lean is not hard to diagnose, once you understand it.

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